Keeping Us Connected Newsletter
November 5, 2021
You are the temple of God…the Spirit of God dwells in you.
– I Cor 3:16
Dear Saint Mary Friends,
 
Praise the Lord! We will reopen our Church for Masses
next weekend, November 13-14!

It’s been a long time coming and I thank you all for the grace with which you handled shutdowns, time and place changes, and other bumps along the way. Now let that grace turn to grateful worship of the Lord. 
 
A lot must be done before reopening. For Parishioners, most importantly, please note the new Mass schedule: 
This schedule was put together with the help of the Parish Pastoral Council and is based on our pre-COVID schedule, taking into consideration attendance numbers and clergy availability, while avoiding overlapping Masses in the Hall and Church. Our main goal, however, was to have as many Masses as possible celebrated in our beautiful new Church!
 
Please continue your graciousness and understanding should there be some unforeseen bumps on our maiden voyage these first weekends we’re back. As I’ve said a number of times recently, everything will not be completely finished when we reopen, as we are not immune to the logistical and manufacturing issues plaguing construction these days. But, please God, we just have to get back in. 
 
Special thanks to St. Mary School for the flexibility they’ve shown in scheduling school activities and Parish Masses. 
Congratulations to Patrik Backus
Last Friday, October 29, Bishop Caggiano celebrated Mass at Immaculate High School and afterward blessed a prayer garden designed, financed and executed by senior Patrik Backus. This was Patrik’s Eagle Scout Project and joined the virtues of scouting with the virtues of faith. Congratulations, Patrik, we’re extremely proud of you. 

Congratulations to Marlys and Nick Rizzi
Every year, the Bishop honors 1 or 2 people in every parish with the St. Augustine Medal. The award is given to outstanding volunteers in their parishes. This year’s awardees for St. Mary’s are Nick and Marlys Rizzi. Though they moved out of state just a few months ago, the Rizzi’s spent years in generous service to our Parish. While we will miss them, we wish Nick and Marlys well and ask the Lord to bless them for all they have contributed to St. Mary’s and bless them in the days and years to come. 
Health and blessings,
Monsignor Royal
Also in this Newsletter...
For Catholics, November is the month of praying for the dead. Here are 2 related videos.
COMING UP...
Collection Bins are outside the Parish Hall

Drive-thru Collection Events
Saturday, November 13 – 11:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, November 20 – 11:00am-1:00pm
St. Mary School Parking Lot

The Boy Scouts will be at our Parish after Masses the weekend of Thanksgiving.
The Chosen has a special Christmas event coming to the big screen!

December 2, 7 PM
Ridgefield Playhouse

203-438-5795

Buy One Get One Free Code: STMARYS

You’ll see the birth of Christ through the eyes of Mary and Joseph. Plus, hear from an extraordinary lineup of musicians including Phil Wickham, For King & Country, Brandon Lake, Maverick City, and more.

This is the perfect opportunity to bring friends and family – including those who haven’t seen The Chosen – for a unique Christmas experience.

Next Session: November 15

PRAYER AND SACRAMENTS
SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday - 4:30 PM, NBRC
Sunday - 8 AM, HALL
10:30 AM, NBRC
11 AM, HALL
5 PM, HALL

November 6, First Saturday 8 AM Mass
GYM

No Masks Required


NO LIVESTREAMED MASS THIS WEEK


WEEKDAY MASSES

Monday, 12:30 PM
Tuesday, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, 12:30 PM

Thursday, November 11, Veteran's Day
One Mass in the Hall at 9:00 AM

Friday, 12:30 PM
Location: GYM

Masks not required for fully vaccinated
Please do not arrive earlier than 12:15 PM to the 12:30 PM Mass

Daily Mass at 7 AM and 12 Noon will return in the Church once the Church building is reopened
SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION
Tuesdays - 4:15 PM

Saturdays - 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Parish Hall

Masks not required for fully vaccinated

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Adoration Chapel
OPEN DAILY
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Masks not required for fully vaccinated
FUNERALS & MEMORIALS
Check our website for upcoming funerals and memorials
PRAYER LIST
LINKS & UPDATES
Many thanks for your continued support of our Parish!
SPECIAL COLLECTION
Health and Welfare Fund for the Retired Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport
This annual collection will be taken up the weekend of November 20-21 and is exclusively for the retired priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport, not to be confused with the Collection for the “Retirement Fund for Religious,” which is scheduled for the weekend of December 19-20.

This collection is used to offset expenses related to the retired priests that are largely incurred by the Diocese, which include insurance benefits (medical and automobile), Convocation and annual retreat costs.
Our Online Giving has been upgraded to a newer, easier-to-use platform!

You may mail your offertory to the Parish office as well; mail is picked up every day.
St. Mary Parish, 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Or drop your offering in the basket at Mass.